As well as taking a 1-week cruise along the gorgeous, island-dotted coast of Croatia, we also visit one of Europe’s smallest countries, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro, ending in Trieste, Italy.
June 9th - 29 2018 (21 Days)
LAND TOUR: $7,220 CAD person Starts Ljubljana (SLOVENIA), ends Trieste (ITALY)
AIRFARE:approx $1600/Canadian per person. Departing Vancouver BC to Ljubljana (SLOVENIA) returning from Trieste (ITALY) with Lufthansa German airlines via Munich Germany. You do not have to ome to vancouver to join this tour. Please call us for a quote departing from any other city.
Join Norman and Julie for this special 3-week tour through beautiful mountain scenery, isolated monasteries, stunning coastal scenery along the cobalt-blue Dalmatian Coast of the Adriatic Sea and charming walled towns with their cobbled lanes and plazas. As well as taking a 1-week cruise along the gorgeous, island-dotted coast of Croatia, we also visit one of Europe’s smallest countries, Slovenia, mainly-Muslim Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro, ending in Trieste, Italy.
Although these 'new' countries only declared independence in the 1990's they are very ancient indeed! We trace their deeply-rooted ancestry from prehistory through the Greek and Roman eras and their roles in various medieval Christian and Muslim empires and kingdoms to Tito's 'non- aligned' Communist state of Yugoslavia. This is a region united by history but diverse in religion, language and cultural traditions.
Accommodation mainly in 4 Star hotels. All our hotels have en-suite bathrooms. As appropriate, they have air-conditioning and/or central heating.
Breakfast & dinner daily. We usually enjoy our dinners out at excellent local restaurants. On our second day in Sarajevo we include lunch together, instead of dinner. This allows you to enjoy some relaxing free time in this charming city and enjoy dinner at your leisure.
Arrival and Departure Transfers, if arriving and departing on our group flights on the tour dates.
Land transport by our own coach.
7-night cruise aboard 15 cabin MS Pape Prvi.
Sightseeing and entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary.
ALL TIPS for group activities.
Porterage throughout for one piece of luggage per person where available
Guiding by Norman and Julie Bruce with assistance of local guides.
(updated July 26 2017) Special note: we have 8 cabins available
Saturday June 9th Fly from Vancouver overnight to Europe.
Sunday June 10th Arrive Ljubljana (SLOVENIA)
Today we arrive in Ljubljana and transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy Slovenia’s small capital city at your leisure. If you have time, you might enjoy wandering through the open air and indoor city markets. People come here to buy fresh mountain herbs and flowers, famous forest honey, wild mushrooms, and fresh fruit and vegetables from local farms. Fresh cheeses made each morning for the market are also on display. First of 2 nights in Ljubljana. Grand Hotel Union Executive or similar. Dinner, if arriving in time.
Monday June 11th Ljubljana & Bled
The history of the entire Balkans region of South-East Europe has been formed by the ebb and flow of dozens of peoples and empires. The original inhabitants are thought to have been the Illyrians. In the 4th century BC, the Celts migrated into the area followed by the Romans 100 years later. The area became part of the Byzantine Empire in the 4th Century AD. The Slavs invaded in the 6th Century AD, the Turks in the 14th Century, the Austro-Hungarians in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries and the Nazis briefly during WWII. After WWII partisan leader Tito was determined to create a state of Yugoslavia (meaning “southern Slavs”) in which no ethnic group dominated. Slovenia became one of six republics (along with Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia/ Herzegovina and Serbia) in the federation. Tito achieved this delicate balance by creating a one-party state and stamping out all opposition whether nationalist, royalist or religious. Tito broke with Stalin in 1948 and Yugoslavia became a nonaligned nation. Slovenia is a tiny country, about half the size of Switzerland, with just over two million people. With only 8% of the national population, Slovenia was the economic powerhouse of Tito's Yugoslavia, producing up to 20% of the national GDP. By the 1980s the federation was becoming increasingly Serb-dominated and Slovenes, who already felt taken for granted economically, feared losing their political autonomy. After free elections, Slovenia broke away from Yugoslavia on June 25th 1991 and was admitted to the UN in May 1992. The capital city, Ljubljana, reminds many people of a tiny version of both Vienna and Prague. We drive up to the city's highest point to visit the 16th century castle. Known as Ljubljana Castle, there have been fortifications of one kind or another on Castle Hill since at least Celtic times. We then descend to the lower city to visit Trg Naradnih Herojev, the square housing one of the world’s newest parliaments. Here the Slovene flag was raised for the first time in 1991. We continue on foot to visit the old townwith its large university, philharmonic hall, and beautiful square of the three bridges. Dominating the city centre is the Cathedral of St Nicholas. Two stunning bronze doors were added in 1996 to commemorate the late Pope John Paul II's visit. The (main) west door facing the Bishop's Palace symbolizes 1,250 years of Christianity in Slovenia and recounts major events in the history of the nation. The graceful Opera House opened in 1892. TheNational Museum of Slovenia occupies an elegant 1888 building. From the capital we make an excursion toemerald-green Lake Bled. Reflecting the high peaks of the Julian Alps, the lake has always been considered sacred to the locals. On a clear day you can make out Mt Stol (2,236m) and Slovenia’s highest peak, Mt Triglav (2,864m) in the distance. We start with a visit to the castle perched atop a steep cliff more than 100m above the lake. Bled Castle is how most people imagine a medieval fortress to be - with towers, ramparts, moats and a terrace offering magnificent views. At the shore of Lake Bled we embark on a boat ride to Slovenia's only island, the site of a Christian church since the 9th century dedicated to Our Lady of the Lake. Near the altar of the church hangs a rope attached to the bells in the tower. Legend has it that if you make a wish while ringing the bells your wish will come true. Second of 2 nights in Ljubljana. Grand Hotel Union Executive or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.
Tuesday June 12th Ljubljana – Zagreb (CROATIA)
This afternoon we tour Zagreb, capital of Croatia. As the political, economic and cultural capital of Croatia with770,000 inhabitants, the city throbs with energy but has retained a good deal of old-world graciousness. The sober Austro-Hungarian buildings in the town centre house elegant restaurants and fashionable boutiques. TheLotrscak Tower was built in the middle of the 13th century in order to protect the southern city gate. For the last hundred years a cannon has been fired every day at noon commemorating an event from Zagreb's history. The tower may be climbed for a sweeping 360-degree view of the city. Near the tower is a funicular railway, which was constructed in 1888, and connects the Lower and Upper Towns. Maksimir Park is a peaceful wooded enclave covering 18 hectares opened to the public in 1794. It is the oldest public cultivated park in Europe with alleys, lawns and artificial lakes. We visit the Zagreb Cathedral, whose twin spires soar over the city. The sacristy still contains a cycle of frescoes that date from the second half of the 13th century. The side altar features a triptych by Albrecht Dürer.Our walk through the old town takes us to colourful St. Mark’s Church, with its unique tiled roof constructed in 1880. The tiles on the left side depict the medieval coat of arms of Croatia, Dalmatia and Slavonia, while the emblem of Zagreb is on the right side. Overnight in Zagreb. Hotel Dubrovnik. Breakfast & Dinner.
Wednesday June 13th Zagreb - Plitvice Lakes
This morning we drive through the highlands of Croatia to one of the most magnificent natural sites in Europe, the Plitvice Lakes. Here sixteen lakes cascade from one to another in a series of waterfalls. Surrounded by dense woods, the region is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. We wander the paths and wooden boardwalks which follow the succession of lakes and waterfalls where streams burst out of the rocks. Overnight in the Plitvice Lakes area. Hotel Jezero or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.
Thursday June 14th Plitvice Lakes – Sarajevo (BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA)
Today we travel through gorgeous mountain scenery and cross the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina, a state that was conquered by the Turks in 1482 and assimilated into the Ottoman Empire during 400 years of Turkish rule. This is the area of the Balkans with the highest proportion of Muslims, although there are also large enclaves of Orthodox and Catholic Christians. Following WWI Bosnia and Herzegovina was absorbed into the Serb-dominated Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, which was renamed Yugoslavia in 1929. After WWII Bosnia and Herzegovina was granted republic status within Tito’s Yugoslavia. In the republic’s first free elections in November 1990, the communists were easily defeated. The Croat and Muslim parties joined forces against Serb nationalists, and independence from Yugoslavia was declared on October 15th 1991. This afternoon we make our way to Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. First of 2 nights in Sarajevo. Hotel ASTRA Garni or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.
Friday June 15th Sarajevo
Sarajevo is a living museum of history with mosques, churches, cathedrals, synagogues and fine municipal buildings built by the Ottoman Turks and Austro-Hungarians. We enjoy a walking tour of this lovely old city. The Central Post Office has a beautiful imperial interior. Across the river is the stunningly graceful Academy of Fine Arts. We see the Latin Bridge where, on June 28th 1914, the Habsburg heir Archduke Franz Ferdinand was shot dead by a Bosnian Serb, leading Austria to declare war on Serbia which in turn led to WWI. From 1992 to 1995 this multi-ethnic, multi-religious city was cut off and besieged by Bosnian Serbs. We visit the Tunnel Museum under the airport, which was the only way to get food in and the injured out during the fighting. Todaywe include lunch together. This evening you are free to enjoy a small restaurant in Sarajevo’s old town. Second of 2 nights in Sarajevo. Hotel ASTRA Garni or similar. Breakfast & Lunch.
Saturday June 16th Sarajevo – Kotor (MONTENEGRO)
Today we drive further south through the mountains and cross the border into Montenegro. For 500 years Montenegro was the only country to defeat the Turkish forces that overran southeast Europe, and remain independent. As a reward for its stalwart support of the partisans during WWII, Tito gave Montenegro republic status in the postwar Yugoslav federation. From then on Montenegro was a loyal member of all of Yugoslavia’s incarnations, culminating in the loose union of Serbia and Montenegro that came to an end in May 2006 when Montenegrins voted by 55.5% to leave the union. Montenegro is now fully independent for the first time since 1916, and became the 192nd member of the UN on June 28th 2006. Montenegro is backed by a craggy mountain range leaving just enough room for a ribbon of coastal towns on a sweep of endless sandy beaches, interspersed by small coves with bobbing fishing boats running down 293km from the dramatic Kotor Fjord by the Croatian border to the Albanian border. This afternoon we descend an incredibly twisting and steep road with gorgeous panoramic views to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kotor, a walled town nestling at the head of southern Europe’s deepest fjord. Stari Grad (Old Town), lying under the lee of a mountain, is a labyrinth of cobbled laneways linking small squares containing ancient churches and former aristocratic mansions. We visit Saint Tryphon Cathedral, built in the 9th century after sailors from Kotor brought back the relics of Saint Tryphon from Asia Minor (today’s Turkey), and the maritime museum. Our walk through the city takes us back to medieval times, as most of the monuments we observe are from the 14th to 18th Centuries. The Kotor Estuary is quite unique and the sea here sweeps in for several kilometres forming a number of calm bays backed by towering mountains where the abundant rainfall and the temperate climate in this fjord-like bay explain the luxuriance of the vegetation. Overnight near Kotor. Hotel Pana or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.
Sunday June 17th Kotor – Dubrovnik city tour (CROATIA)
This morning we drive round beautiful Boka Kotorska Bay and cross the border back into Croatia, a strangely-shaped country which stretches from Zagreb, the capital, in the interior of the north around Bosnia & Herzegovina to Dubrovnik on the Dalmatian Coast in the far south. After the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918 Croatia became part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes based in Belgrade. After WW II Croatia became part of Tito’s Yugoslavia but in a May 1991 referendum 93% of Croatians voted in favour of independence. In May 1992 Croatia was admitted to the UN as an independent country. While Montenegro has a majority of Orthodox Christians, the majority of Croatians are Catholic. After arriving in Dubrovnik we put our luggage into our cabins on our ship, have lunch aboard our ship and then begin our guided walking tour of the walled city at the Pile Gate, which dates from 1537. Originally, the drawbridge at the gate's entrance was lifted every evening, the gate was closed and the key handed to the prince. The Franciscan Monastery & Museum houses the third-oldest functioning pharmacy in Europe, which has been in business since 1391. The pharmacy may have been the first pharmacy in Europe open to the general public. We see theold harbour, the St Laurence Fortress and the 16th Century Sponza Palace which was originally a customs house, then a minting house, a State treasury and a bank. Now it houses the State Archives, which contain a priceless collection of manuscripts dating back nearly a thousand years. The Rector's Palace is an elegant 15th-century building erected on the site of an old fort in order to house the rector, Dubrovnik's ruler. We spend tonight anchored in Dubrovnik and include dinner at a local restaurant. First of 7 nights on our ship MS Pape Prvi. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Monday June 18th Dubrovnik – Mljet Island
After breakfast we start sailing towards Mljet, one of the most beautiful islands in the Adriatic. The National Park here contains 2 salt lakes. A 12th Century Benedictine monastery rises on an islet in the middle of Veliko Jezero lake. We visit the old abbey and church on the island. Lunch aboard our ship. Overnight in the port of either Polaca or Pomena. Dinner at a local restaurant in town. Second of 7 nights on our ship MS Pape Prvi. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Tuesday June 19th Mljet Island – Scedro Island – Hvar Island
Early this morning we depart for the little island of Scedro where we have time to relax and swim in the clean, crystal blue sea. After lunch aboard our ship we sail to Hvar, the longest island in the Adriatic. Hvar is also considered the sunniest and greenest of the Croatian islands. The island was controlled by Venice for a long time and so there is a strong Venetian influence in medieval Hvar town, nestled between protective pine-covered slopes and the azure Adriatic Sea. In the town we visit the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower and the oldest community theatre in Europe – founded in 1612. Overnight in the port of Hvar. Dinner at a local restaurant in town. Third of 7 nights on our ship MS Pape Prvi. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Wednesday June 20th Hvar Island – Korcula Island
During breakfast we depart for Korcula, the birthplace of Marco Polo. Lunch aboard our ship in Lumbarda Bay. Arriving in Korcula this afternoon, we explore the old town’s ancient walls and well-preserved fortified bastions dating from 13th Century. We visit St Mark's Cathedral (1420), testimony to the skill of the stone cutters and sculptors of the period. Its sumptuous doorway is flanked by two lions and, in the lunette, Saint Mark the evangelist. We visit the town's museum which houses ancient Greek and Roman artefacts. You also have time to visit the icon museum. Overnight in the port of Korcula. Dinner at a local restaurant in town. Fourth of 7 nights on our ship MS Pape Prvi. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Thursday June 21st Korcula Island – Peljesac Peninsula
This morning we leave Korcula and continue our cruise to the little village of Trstenik on the Peljesac Peninsula. Lunch en-route aboard our ship. This is a farming area famous for Plavac Mali wine (the ancestor of California Zinfandel.) The famous Grgic winery is situated here. We walk and taste some of their lovely wine! Overnight in the harbour of Trstenik. Tonight we enjoy our “Captain’s Dinner” on board our ship. Fifth of 7 nights on our ship MS Pape Prvi. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Friday June 22nd Peljesac Peninsula – Sipan Island
Early this morning we continue sailing towards the Elafiti Islands. This group of islands includes Šipan, Lopud and Kolocep (Kalamota). They are famous for their beautiful scenery and sandy beaches. Swimming and lunch aboard our ship is planned at one of the smaller Elafiti islands. We spend the night at Sipan, the largest of the Elafiti Islands. Dinner at a local restaurant in town. Sixth of 7 nights on our ship MS Pape Prvi. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Saturday June 23rd Dubrovnik free afternoon
We enjoy breakfast and lunch aboard our ship as we sail back to Dubrovnik, arriving early this afternoon. Upon arrival you may enjoy a leisurely walk around the city walls. Built between the 13th and 16th Centuries and still intact today, these powerful walls are the finest in the world. The entire Old Town is contained within a curtain of stone over 2km long and up to 25m high. All motor vehicles are banned from the centre. Alternatively, you may like to take the gondola ride up Mount Srd for magnificent views of the Old Town below. We spend tonight anchored in Dubrovnik and take dinner at a local restaurant in town. Seventh of 7 nights on our ship MS Pape Prvi. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Sunday June 24th Dubrovnik – Ston – Mejugorje (BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA) - Mostar
After breakfast on board, we leave our ship and drive north along the coast of the small, separated part of Croatia where Dubrovnik is located to visit Ston, a small fortified town completely encircled by medieval walls. This is considered the longest fortress system in Europe and the second largest in the world. We then cross the border back into Bosnia and Herzegovina, leaving the coast of the Adriatic Sea and driving inland up through canyons in the Dinaric Alps to the pilgrimage site of Medjugorje, which attracts Catholics from around the world. On June 24th 1981 six teenagers claimed they’d seen a miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary. We tour the big local church and the area where the miracle is reputed to have taken place. Overnight in Mostar. Hotel Ero or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.
Monday June 25th Mostar – Split city tour (CROATIA)
This morning we explore Mostar, a picturesque town more than 5 centuries old and famous for its bridge over the emerald waters of the Neretva River. In fact, Mostar means ‘keeper of the bridge’. The Old Bridge stood for 427 years before it was destroyed by bombing in November 1993. When it was decided to rebuild the bridge, the new bridge had to be identical to the Old Bridge. This was a complex process, imitating the original Ottoman stonework of local Tenelija stone, which is very pale and appears to change colour depending on the position and strength of the sun. The rebuilt bridge was finally reopened on July 22nd 2004. Flanking the bridge is the old cobbled Ottoman Quarter, a haven for the city’s artists and craftsmen, along with 16th-century mosques, old Turkish houses and cafés. Some magnificent buildings, such as the Gymnasium and City Baths, remain from Austro-Hungarian times, giving an added grandeur.
This afternoon we descend from the mountains to the stunning Dalmatian Coast again. Occupying the central 375km of Croatia’s Adriatic coast, the land known as Dalmatia offers Roman ruins, spectacular beaches, old fishing ports, medieval architecture and historic cities. The dramatic coastal scenery is due to the rugged Dinaric Alps inland and the hundreds of islands offshore.
The second largest city in Croatia, Split developed around the palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian. In 295 AD he started to build his palace here in the land of his birth and construction lasted 10 years. Diocletian spared no expense, importing marble from Italy and Greece, and columns and sphinxes from Egypt. A military fortress, imperial residence and fortified town, the palace measures 215m from east to west (including the square corner towers) and 181m wide at the southernmost point. The walls at their highest measure 26m and the entire structure covers 31,000 sq metres. Each wall has a gate named after metals: the northern gate is the Golden Gate; the southern gate is the Bronze Gate; the eastern gate is the Silver Gate; and the western gate is the Iron Gate. Today the palace is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most imposing Roman ruins in existence. Within the ancient walls of Diocletian’s Palace rises the majestic cathedral surrounded by a tangle of marble streets containing shops and some of the most outstanding classical architecture in the world. However, far from being a museum, the 220 buildings within the palace boundaries are home to about 3,000 people.The transformation of the palace into the town began in the 7th Century when the inhabitants of nearby Salona took refuge in the palace during the invasions of the Avars and Slavs. We visit the impressive cellars of the palace to get an idea of the original structure, the Peristyle, Jupiter's Temple and the Baptistery of St. John.Diocletian's mausoleum with its 24 columns was converted into the Cathedral of St. Dominus towards the end of the 7th century. A bell tower was added between the 13th and 17th Centuries. The Titova Obala is a vast walkway overlooked by the southern façade of the palace.We also visit the Archaeological Museum with its emphasis on the Roman and early Christian period, including sculpture, jewellery, ceramics and coins.Overnight in Split. Atrium Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.
Tuesday June 26th Split - Trogir - Sibenik – Zadar
Heading north up the coast, our first stop today is the medieval town of Trogir, which has changed little over the years. This little jewel with narrow labyrinthine streets scattered with stairways and vaulted passagewaysoccupies the whole of a tiny island connected to the mainland today by a causeway. The profusion of Romanesque and Renaissance architectural styles within its 15th-century walls, as well as the magnificent cathedral at the town centre, inspired UNESCO to name Trogir a World Heritage site. We visit the VenetianCathedral of St. Lovro, built from the 13th to 15th Centuries and considered to be one of the finest architectural works in Croatia. Our next stop is at Sibenik located in an area of several hundred inlets of the open blue sea into the rocky coastline forming many channels and bays of rare beauty. This is the oldest Slav settlement in the Adriatic. We visit Sibenik’s historic centre with its maze of narrow streets from the 15th and 16th Centuries andSt James' Cathedral. Nearby we see Krka Falls. The Krka River flows for 75 km from its source near Knin to widen and form a lake before narrowing again at Skradinski Buk, where the water cascades over 17 falls over a short distance before entering the sea. Later we explore Zadar, the ancient capital of Dalmatia. The marble, traffic-free streets follow the old Roman street plan and still contain some Roman ruins and several medieval churches. Massive 16th-century fortifications still shield the city on the landward side, with high walls running along the harbour. Zadar was part of Italy until 1947, and, though fast diminishing, one still finds Italian influence. We visit the excellent Archaeological Museum which includes an interesting model of Zadar as it existed in Roman times and statues of the emperors Tiberius and Augustus. We also see the Roman Forumwhich was constructed between the 1st Century BC and the 3rd Century AD, and the circular 9th CenturyChurch of St Donat, one of the most outstanding monuments in Dalmatia. The sarcophagus of St Simeon is a masterpiece of medieval goldsmith work. Commissioned in 1377, the coffin is made of cedar and covered inside and out with finely executed gold-plated silver reliefs. Overnight in Zadar. Hotel Kolovare or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.
Wednesday June 27th Zadar – Pula
Today we drive further north along the Adriatic coast. This afternoon we take a guided tour of Pula, which hasbeen the administrative centre of the Istria Peninsula since ancient Roman times. During the 14th, 15th and 16th Centuries Pula was part of the Venetian Republic but was attacked and occupied by the Genoese, the Hungarian army and the Hapsburgs at various times. In 1813 Pula became part of Austria-Hungary and was the Empire’s main naval base. After the First World War Pula became part of Italy and after the Second World War part of Yugoslavia. We explore the wealth of Roman architecture from ancient Polensium. The highlight is the perfectly-preserved Roman amphitheatre, located smack in the heart of the city, which is particularly beautiful when lit up after dark. Overnight in Pula. Park Plaza Arena Pula Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.
Thursday June 28th Pula – Trieste (ITALY)
After breakfast we leave Croatia (for the last time!), cross a narrow neck of Slovenia and enter Italy. In 1382 Trieste voluntarily joined the Austrian Empire, where the city enjoyed a great degree of freedom and protection from Venice, its main commercial rival. This began almost 600 years of Austrian influence in the city. Trieste grew to become the fourth largest city in the Austrian Empire, before being annexed by Italy in 1915. After the Second World War the western Allies nearly went to war with Communist Yugoslavia over the status of Trieste. From 1947-1954 it was made an independent city under United Nations rule while the dispute was worked out.Trieste has historically been very multicultural. Thanks to its historic links to Austria, the city was home to many German speakers, but there were also substantial communities of Serbs, Slovenes and Greeks, as evidenced by the variety of churches. The centre of the city has many beautiful Viennese-style palaces. The Grand Canal,which leads to the beautiful Saint Antonio Church, is lined by former warehouses which now house cafes and restaurants. Here we see a statue of James Joyce, who lived in Trieste for over 10 years in the early 1900s.Located on the seafront, just 30 minutes north of Trieste, Miramare Castle and its gardens were built by one of the Archduke Ferdinands for his wife Carlota, shortly before his assassination in Mexico. Overnight in Trieste. NH Trieste Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.
Friday June 29th
This morning we fly from Trieste, arriving home the same day. Breakfast.
Visa fees. Canadian passport holders do NOT currently require a visa for any of the countries on this tour. However, your passport should be valid for 6 months beyond the date of your departure from Montenegro i.e. until at least Dec 17th 2018.
Lunches, except on our second day in Sarajevo and on our cruise.
Dinner on our second day in Sarajevo (June 15th.)
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